My eldest daughter is two and some months old. She is at an age where she is quite taken with counting and reciting the alphabet. She does not do either with perfect consistency or fidelity, but rather varying degrees of approximation to the physical and vocal patterns that are…
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When we know the opposite of what we do
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A new kind of curriculum
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Christopher Alexander died a week ago today. He was one of my last heroes. I won’t name the others. He had a unique impact on me in the way his work not…
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A very useful way of characterizing the behavior of a system is in terms of its constraints. This yields an entire spectrum of “looseness” or…
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In the classic telling of Aesop’s Boy Who Cried Wolf, a boy who is bored while tending sheep stirs up excitement for himself by making up a story about…
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This Spring will have me trying my hand at some stonework. I’ve been reading up, but of course nothing will instill real lessons like giving it a shot…
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To label someone a ‘conspiracy theorist’ has come to mean they are, essentially, a tinfoil hat wearing lunatic. One of the more sophisticated critiques…
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